According to a post on his Instagram account, Texas infielder Kody Clemens is undergoing Tommy John surgery.
Clemens, who started 56 games last season as a true freshman, wrote the following: “God has a plan. I believe everything happens for a reason. Don’t doubt on me. I’ll be back better than ever. #TommyJohn.”
Per the post, the operation is taking place at the Florida clinic of famous orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews, who has operated on many top professional athletes, including Clemens’ father, Roger, a former star pitcher in the Major Leagues. In a 2015 interview with AOL.com, Andrews said an operation he performed on Clemens was “a signature surgery of mine.”
A UT spokesperson declined comment on Clemens’ surgery because the school’s training staff had not examined the injury.
This is a big blow for new Longhorns coach David Pierce, who could be without Clemens for all of his first season and must now find a new third baseman. Options include the reassignment of short stops Joe Baker and Bret Boswell or second baseman Jake McKenzie.
Clemens, the younger brother of UT first baseman Kacy Clemens, had a decent freshman campaign, hitting .242 with five home runs and 28 RBI. One of his home runs was a walk-off blast against TCU in the Big 12 tournament.
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